Hey, there, and happy April! First things first, I want to honestly apologize for my lack of presence here on the blog the last couple of months. I’ve been trying to survive at work, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve realized I haven’t been taking good care of myself. So I may not be posting too much in the next couple of months, while I try to get myself back on track! I think, sometimes you just have to take some time off and get a breath of fresh air.
Anyway, this weekend I headed over to a local park for a short hike, and I snapped a couple photos. The pictures just don’t do this view justice, I swear it is even prettier in person. California sure is nice!
Just look at these wildflowers, I mean!!!
I always feel like getting out in the fresh air recharges me, it really refreshes my soul. It sounds weird but I always feel so much better when I get out.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Since I got back home in July, I’ve been helping my mom recharge and update our house. I helped her pick a new couch (which is the most beautiful couch in the whole world, in my opinion) and two new modern chairs, we’ve been rearranging and DIY-ing some thrift store finds. All in all, it’s been good. But our living room needed some sort of a statement, it was just really blah. So I proposed the idea of making a gallery wall above the couch, with all of our paintings and little odds and ends. My mom loved the idea, and we got to work! Here’s how we did it:
- I collected all of our unused paintings (most of which were done by my brother, my mom, and I) and pictures in the basement, where I knew I would have a lot of room to spread out without my dog trampling all the pictures. I just started putting the pictures together in random assortments, trying to achieve that balanced/unbalanced look, and it took me a few tries but I figured out exactly how I wanted it to look and snapped a picture for reference.
- My mom helped me hold each picture up on the wall above the couch individually, and I marked the corners of each picture with painters tape to get a general idea of how the pictures would fit in the space and in relation to each other. This took a while, but luckily we didn’t have to redo it–we got the placement right on the first try. Also, I know this picture of the process looks like the proceedings of a lunatic, and maybe it is, but this strategy worked for us!
- We got out the level and started hanging our pictures, one by one. We used really little nails to hang most of the pictures, and some of that sticky reusable putty to keep the pictures flat on the wall. This step by far takes the most time, because if one picture isn’t perfectly straight your whole wall will look off. But it’s worth the time! And the finished product looks incredible.
We love our little gallery wall, and we’re starting to design and hang another one in the family room, as well. This just adds such a powerful statement to your wall, and ties all of your furniture together into a warm and inviting space. Would you try hanging a gallery wall?
*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*
So I’ve been wanting to get all of my photos from grad school together in an album forever, and I considered getting all crafty and making a scrapbook, but I felt like that would take more time than I have to spare. Luckily, I got an email from Shutterfly to make a free photo book (it was one of their promotions in the spring).
Anyway, I had so much fun sorting through all of my grad school photos (from school in Pittsburgh, to clinicals in Florida and North Carolina) and then putting them together and designing my own little photo album. When I finally finished and the book came, I was so thrilled with how it turned out! I’ve loved showing it off to my family and friends, and I wanted to share some of the book here today!
There are tons of layouts to choose from, as well as different backgrounds and little decorations, so each photo book you make could be special and unique. It was also easy to use. I’ll definitely keep looking out for free offers from Shutterfly!
I can’t believe it’s already July 30! The summers really do fly by, and I feel like this has been a particularly good one. I’ve been able to work part-time and make just a teeny bit of money to help keep me afloat at school, and I’ve also had some time to have fun, enjoy my family and pets, and work on some little projects of my own. It’s been a good mix.
Here are some photos from my life lately, hope your summers are going well!
Radishes my brother brought home, fresh-picked, from his summer job.
My cat and dog are besties, and I love that about them
I made this bruschetta spread for my family for a fun appetizer-style dinner (sorry for the photo quality)
Elouise decided she could give me a couple of snuggles early morning before anyone was up to let her out. Cats, am I right?
My mom and I went hiking last weekend near Boulder, and the views were just gorgeous. Colorado, you will always have my heart!
About a month ago, I decided that I would attend grad school at the University of Pittsburgh in PA! Since I’d never been to Pennsylvania, my parents and I realized we needed to see the city before I move and start school in June. So last weekend, we boarded a plane and headed cross-country to PA to check out a new city that will soon become my home!
I’m just going to share a few pictures of the trip here. I absolutely loved Pittsburgh, and I’m so excited to move out next month!
A bridge at Point State Park. So beautiful!
View of the city from the top of the Duquesne Incline. What a view!
My mom and I in front of the Cathedral of Learning–I love how you can see it everywhere in the city.
My dad and I in front of the University of Pittsburgh mascot–a panther!